By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on April 11, 2014
It’s too early to tell which players will be placed on the trade block, although a couple of names definitely come to mind. If the Milwaukee Brewers continue to play outstanding baseball, then they will be buyers at the trade deadline in July. That doesn’t mean they won’t deal some of the names on this list, but it does mean the big names are less likely to go. Either way, here are five players who will be on the trade block in 2014.
Reliever Tom Gorzelanny is hurt right now but is expected to be back in early May. Even though he’s injured, there’s a good chance he could get traded if the bullpen continues to play at a high level. If the Brewers attempt to get rid of Rickie Weeks later this season, they will need to package a pitcher or two with him. Gorzelanny could be the arm out of the bullpen opposing teams need.
Zach Duke is currently the weak link among Milwaukee’s relievers. We’ll forgive him for now considering only nine games have been played. With that being said, the Brewers have their eye on the prize, which is the NL Central title and beyond. The organization won’t tolerate players not carrying their own weight, which means Duke could be the odd man out at the deadline.
Mike Fiers has shined and struggled in the majors. The good news is he’s excelling in the minors this year, which could be beneficial for Milwaukee if a starter or reliever gets hurt. Even better, the Brewers could use his strong performance as a way to get an asset in return via a trade.
Lyle Overbay is someone who could get dealt if the Brewers decide to sign first baseman Kendrys Morales. Even if Milwaukee doesn’t acquire the free agent, the Brewers still could trade Overbay in a package deal for the right price.
As much as I want to see the sinking ship that is Weeks emerge, the reality is his career might be over. At this point, the Brewers are better off finding a suitable trade for him, even if that means paying for part of his 2014 salary. It won’t be easy to deal Weeks, but there’s no question he’s Milwaukee’s No. 1 trade chip.
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